When traveling to small islands off the coasts of “third world” countries, you never really know what to expect. While the travel to Utila is a little arduous, it is well worth the effort. Flying from Baltimore to Newark to San Pedro Sula to LaCeiba and finally onto Utila is a twelve hour journey…but upon landing on Utila, we were warmly greeted by the Lodge staff and quickly swept away to our island paradise. A short ride from the airport and in town is where the lodge is located. This rustic lodge boasts everything one could want in a home away from home. Large comfortable and clean rooms with satellite TV service, air conditioning and a bottle of wine, not to mention the gorgeous sun-room views complete with a hammock in every room. The breakfasts, lunches and dinners all freshly prepared and delicious. The housekeeping service supreme and what few problems our travelers had were addressed quickly and efficiently. The dive boat is large and comfortable and Josh and Willie, our DM & Captain for the week were as much fun and professional as I’ve experienced anywhere. Not a beat is missed and I can only hope that one day I’ll find my way back to this little island paradise. As a side note, this trip occurred about six months or so after the coup-de-tat that overthrew the elected president Manuel Zelaya. From the perspective of each islander I spoke to, this was something that needed to be done as Zelaya was attempting to oust democracy and form a dictatorship. Peace and order were observed at each stop along the way and Honduras appears poised for a terrific rebound. The islands of Roatan, Utila and Guanaja need your tourism dollar, so please consider making these wonderful islands your next stop… and don’t miss a stay at the Utila Lodge.
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